Vikings Rumors & News

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    Matt Vensel @mattvensel

    Zimmer admits that Matt Cassel is his No. 1 guy going into training camp.

  • NFL in LA? It could happen sooner than you think

    Sporting News "At long last, after a 19-year absence, the NFL is ready to return to Los Angeles. It's no longer a matter of if, but when. Expect the NFL to announce a return to America's entertainment capital and the second-biggest market in the next 12 months, with one or two teams debuting in Los Angeles no..." July 24

  • Vikings waive DE Spencer Nealy, sign TE Michael Higgins

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have parted ways with suspended defensive end Spencer Nealy, waiving him on Wednesday, the club said. The 24-year-old Nealy was banned four games in July for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Should Nealy sign elsewhere, he could take part in training..." July 23

  • Chris Kluwe, Vikes to continue talks "The attorney for former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said he won't file suit against the team for now, after conversations with a Vikings attorney re-opened the door for settlement discussions. Clayton Halunen, Kluwe's attorney, said in an email on Wednesday afternoon that he had talked..." July 23

  • Ponder names newborn daughter after ex-Florida State coach Bowden

    Fox Sports North "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder found an interesting way to honor one of his former coaches -- he named his baby daughter after him. Christian and Samantha Ponder decided to name their newborn Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder. The first name comes from the quarterback's college coach..." July 22

  • Adrian Peterson -- YES, I GOT MARRIED!!! "Adrian Peterson is a married man ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. We spoke to AP's rep who confirms the Minnesota Vikings running back recently tied the knot to girlfriend Ashley Brown. The two were both wearing wedding rings at the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala in Minnesota this weekend" July 22

  • Kluwe apologizes for Sandusky jokes, blasts Dungy "Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe told SI Now on Monday that he apologizes if he offended anyone with a joke he reportedly made while with the team. According to conditioning coach and Penn State alumnus Tom Kanavy, who was interviewed by the Vikings for a six-month investigation made..." July 22

  • Chris Kluwe lawsuit to be filed against Vikings, Mike Priefer on Wednesday

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe plans to file his lawsuit against the Vikings and special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer on Wednesday, Kluwe’s lawyer wrote in a text message Monday. Clayton Halunen, Kluwe’s lawyer, told the Pioneer Press last Friday the lawsuit will seek in excess of $10..." July 22

  • Kluwe: NFL favors wife beaters, drunk drivers over gay rights supporters "The investigation into former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe's allegations against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer reveals Kluwe seemingly had one man in his corner, long snapper Cullen Loeffler, the only other person who supported Kluwe's allegation of Prieffer's homosexual remarks. The..." July 21

  • Kluwe: Priefer's suspension not enough

    Chicago Tribune "Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe criticized how the team responded to a six-month independent investigation into his claims of homophobic behavior in the organization. Kluwe said a 29-page summary of the investigation gave an inaccurate representation of special teams coordinator Mike..." July 20

  • Gay Rights Activist Chris Kluwe Is Both a Hero and Hypocrite

    Bleacher Report "Chris Kluwe started a fight. It began as a noble fight. A fight that had the potential to change the NFL world. To make it better. To make locker rooms better. He accomplished some of that. His former assistant coach, Mike Priefer, was suspended by the Vikings three games after the team's..." July 20

  • Vikings coach Priefer suspended 3 games after Kluwe investigation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings on Friday suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games following a six-month investigation into accusations made by former punter Chris Kluwe that Priefer made anti-gay remarks in a team setting during the 2012 season. Priefer, who denied the remarks earlier this..." July 19

  • Kluwe say his dispute with Vikings “is about to get real”

    Pro Football Talk "We hinted a bit earlier via Twitter that it could be a good time for another NFL bad news dump for a reason. We’d heard that something may be happening today in connection with the Vikings’ investigation of former punter Chris Kluwe’s claim of homophobic comments and retaliatory discharge. It..." July 18

  • Chris Kluwe plans to sue Vikings

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Chris Kluwe, the former Minnesota Vikings punter, said Tuesday he will sue the team because they are refusing to release the results of an investigation into claims that his support for same-sex marriage led to his firing. But the Vikings say they never told him they wouldn't release the..." July 15

  • Ron Jaworski: Matt Cassel is the worst starting QB in the NFL

    Pro Football Talk "Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is unveiling his annual ranking of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks, and the list started with Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. And not because Cassel is the best. Jaworski labeled Cassel the worst starter in the NFL. “My 32nd..." July 15

  • Suspect in death of Adrian Peterson's son says child choked on fruit snacks

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota last fall says the child choked on strawberry fruit snacks while he was in the bathroom. The Argus Leader reports ( ) Joseph Patterson, 28, is facing..." July 12

  • 12d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    In a statement, Vikings DE Spencer Nealy says he tested positive for a stimulant from a banned supplement. Says he’s responsible, apologized

  • Ex-Vikings know NFL concussion deal will prompt hard choices

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Somewhere in the 163-page National Football League concussion settlement there is presumably help for Matt Blair, the former Minnesota Vikings All-Pro linebacker who is now 63 and has increasing memory problems. Blair said he played through two concussions during his football days, although..." July 11

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    Rob Rang @RobRang

    Draft started and is over with no players being selected.

  • Federal Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

    Slate "A federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to the concussion compensation deal between the NFL and former players. The ruling comes two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody raised questions over whether the $675 million cap on damages paid by the league was sufficient to cover the..." July 08

  • Vikings rookie Barr and father: NFL talent, sporadic relationship

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Their physical dimensions aren't similar. Tony Brooks was listed during his playing days at 6 feet, 230 pounds and was a low-to-the-ground running back. Anthony Barr is a rangy 6-5, 255-pound linebacker. That doesn't matter to Reggie Brooks, the former running back's brother and one-time Notre..." July 06

  • Cordarrelle Patterson improving his route running

    Fox Sports "Cordarrelle Patterson insists he still has some tricks up his sleeve after a big rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings. The outspoken receiver isn't sure how he will follow-up on a first NFL season in which he became the league's most dangerous kickoff returner with a Pro Bowl appearance and..." July 05

  • Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: 'I can be that guy' in marketing world, too

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Madison Avenue long has adored NFL quarterbacks, and Teddy Bridgewater figures he has what it takes to get some of that love. The Vikings rookie knows he will have to perform on the field to have long-term success in marketing. If that happens, he says, he has the charisma to put up a good Q..." July 05

  • Improving WR Patterson ready to show off new tricks in 2014

    Fox Sports "rdarrelle Patterson insists he still has some tricks up his sleeve after a big rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings. The outspoken receiver isn't sure how he will follow-up on a first NFL season in which he became the league's most dangerous kickoff returner with a Pro Bowl appearance and..." July 04

  • Adrian Peterson impressed by Jerick McKinnon

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings lost a reliable backup running back this offseason when Toby Gerhart signed with the Jaguars as a free agent, but it doesn’t sound like Adrian Peterson is too worried about who will be spelling him this season. Minnesota drafted Jerick McKinnon out of Georgia Southern in the third..." July 03

  • Vikings switching sidelines at TCF Bank Stadium

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If you already bought your Vikings season tickets at TCF Bank Stadium behind the south sideline hoping to sit behind the home team, that won't happen. The Vikings will use the north sideline during home games over the next two seasons. The change from the south sideline was made by the Vikings..." June 28

  • Bridgewater using video games to study "Once the Minnesota Vikings' minicamp concluded last week, it meant rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wouldn't have a team to practice with until the start of training camp on July 25. But Bridgewater still has a method for studying the Vikings' offense. Bridgewater said last week he's..." June 28

  • Peterson wants to re-establish running back position "The running back position is being devalued throughout the NFL, but Adrian Peterson would like to be the man to reverse that trend. The Minnesota Vikings back told Dan Pompei, for Sports on Earth, he wants to "beat down the things they are saying about the running back position." Those..." June 26

  • NFL agrees to blank check to pay concussion damages

    New York Post "The NFL’s stalled concussion settlement with 4,500 former players appeared to pick up steam again Wednesday when the league agreed to lift the cap on money available to eligible victims. Under the new agreement, the NFL must pay claims for the next 65 years while no longer limiting the fund for..." June 26

  • Greg Jennings continues to work with Cordarrelle Patterson "Before the Minnesota Vikings had their first team meeting with new coach Mike Zimmer and his staff in April, Greg Jennings found Cordarrelle Patterson to deliver an updated version of the message he'd sent to receiver throughout his rookie season. Jennings, who had already been in town and had..." June 23

  • Why Advertisements are Probably Coming to NFL Jerseys

    ACME Packing Company "The Green Bay Packers wear some of the most iconic uniforms in all of sports. They're simple, clean, a palette of football nostalgia that harkens back to the days where you could drink scotch at work, smoke on airplanes and mustaches were a defining feature of one's manliness. If you like these..." June 22

  • NFLPA collusion lawsuit to proceed "A court overturned a decision to dismiss the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL for collusion stemming from salary cap penalties toward the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday reportedly overturned a decision by Judge David..." June 20

  • Adrian Peterson muses about Vikings future "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who turned 29 in March, has no plans to be done playing football by the time the Vikings open their new stadium in 2016. He's aware enough of the NFL's business side, though, to know he might not be in Minnesota by that point. Peterson, who has..." June 19

  • Teddy Bridgewater plans to wear gloves the rest of his career "Back in March, Teddy Bridgewater's pro day went so poorly that the quarterback once considered the best in his class was now being talked about as a second-round pick. Never mind that pro days aren't supposed to mean much; suddenly, they meant everything, and plenty of media draft experts scurried..." June 16

  • Vikings reportedly interested in CB Brandon Flowers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings, looking to rebound from a season in which their defense allowed the most passing touchdowns in the NFL, are interested in free-agent cornerback Brandon Flowers, according to multiple reports. Flowers, a Pro Bowl player in 2013, was released by the Chiefs last week. Flowers had been..." June 16

  • Ponder: Matt Cassel is Vikings' starting QB "The Vikings have vowed not to forget about Christian Ponder, but the 2011 first-round pick realizes he's the odd man out in Minnesota's quarterback room. Ponder hasn't been getting as many reps as incumbent starter Matt Cassel and No. 32 overall pick Teddy Bridgewater during offseason..." June 15

  • 41d
    Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

    Former Vikings DT Kevin Williams has agreed to one-year contact with SB champion Seahawks for in excess of $2M, according to sources

  • Kevin Williams says he's still talking with Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel. Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is..." June 10

  • Barr helps Zimmer remodel Vikings' D "Since he became the Minnesota Vikings' head coach in January, Mike Zimmer has been working to remake the team's defense in his image. He needed a run-stuffing nose tackle; the Vikings signed one in Linval Joseph. Zimmer needed an upgrade at slot cornerback; the Vikings paid Captain Munnerlyn to..." June 08

  • NFL had a long and pricey Super Bowl wish list

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The National Football League had a long and expensive list of confidential requests before it awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis. Free police escorts for team owners, and 35,000 free parking spaces. Presidential suites at no cost in high-end hotels. Free billboards across the Twin..." June 08

  • U.S. Bank could get naming rights to Vikings’ new stadium

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Look for an announcement in the near future that the naming rights for the new Vikings stadium will go to U.S. Bank. The word from two sources is that work on a contract for a long-term agreement between the Wilf family and U.S. Bancorp is happening, and unless someone emerges with a much..." June 08

  • Teddy Bridgewater: OK as backup "With two veteran quarterbacks on the roster, Minnesota Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater said Thursday he'd be accepting of a backup role to start the season. Bridgewater might have been the most impressive quarterback on the field during the team's organized team activity Thursday. He only..." June 07

  • Matt Cassel, Norv Turner nearly joined forces in Cleveland

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Who knows? Perhaps if quarterback Matt Cassel had signed with Cleveland last year and played well, Johnny Football might be somewhere else. "You never know in this league,'' Cassel said with a laugh. After Cassel was released by Kansas City in March 2013, then-Cleveland offensive coordinator..." June 07

  • Matt Cassel enters training camp as the Vikings' starter "With two veteran quarterbacks on the roster, Minnesota Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater said Thursday he'd be accepting of a backup role to start the season. Bridgewater might have been the most impressive quarterback on the field during the team's organized team activity Thursday. He only..." June 06

  • 48d
    Brian McCarthy @NFLprguy

    focusing on 3 cities for now to potentially host next year's Draft (NYC, Chi, LA). other cities remain in the mix

  • Roman numerals holiday: NFL not using them for Super Bowl 50

    Sporting News "There will be no Super Bowl L. Oh, don't worry, the NFL's annual championship game and crossover sports spectacle will still take place at the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in 2016. It just won't be labeled with a Roman numeral that translates to English shorthand for "loser." The..." June 05

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has empathy for former players suing over meds "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he feels bad for former players who are now suing the NFL over painkillers and other medication given to them during their playing days. Last month, more than 600 players filed suit against the league saying that the NFL obtained and..." June 04

  • Report: NFLPA mulls change on how players get paid

    Fox Sports "The NFL Players Association is proposing an idea, which would assist players in managing their money by changing the pay cycles of their base salaries, according to a USA Today Sports report. The proposal would mean players would be paid on a bi-weekly schedule over a 52-week calendar year,..." June 03

  • Chad Greenway saves couple in rough Lake Minnetonka water "Well here's a new one: Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway rescued a boating couple from Lake Minnetonka. A local news station spotted Edward and Crystal Alexis struggling with their new boat in rough waters on the lake and called 911. Before the police could arrive to help, Greenway waded out in..." June 03

  • Mike Zimmer nearly bailed on second Vikings interview "For Mike Zimmer, the long wait to become a head coach nearly never ended. Zimmer, an assistant NFL coach since 1994 and a coordinator since 2000, almost skipped out on his second interview with the Vikings. Zimmer, a speaker at an NFL symposium in Pennsylvania this past weekend, told Mike..." June 03